N.C. State Football Recruiting & Timely Items! [Updated 12pm]

Thought we would update this entry with some evolving news today. Some interesting Football topics to highlight. With this said, we can’t stress enough how active our message forums have become with this exact kind of conversations in real time during every day. Please feel free to extract what you need from the forums and also to share both news and opinion! Our forums aren’t like most ‘idiot boards’ on the internet; they are much more conversational and respectful as opposed to confrontational.

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A 4-0 start that’s the best since 2002 may already be having subtle effects on N.C. State’s recruiting efforts.

For example, there’s been a higher-than-normal demand by prospects desiring to attend Saturday’s Atlantic Coast Conference showdown with Virginia Tech at Carter-Finley Stadium.

Other recruits, such as the state’s No. 1-ranked Stephone Anthony of Anson County, say they’ve taken notice of the Wolfpack’s fast start.

Matt Carter, editor for The Wolfpacker website on the Rivals.com network, believes more will be known about the real impact of N.C. State’s start after the Virginia Tech game.

“There will be a lot of recruits at that game,” Carter said. “The demand to come see N.C. State games is increasing.”

Link to current commitments.

The hot start has also sparked student demand for tickets, and temporary bleachers are apparently being put up right now at Carter-Finley.  I got this picture from the Pack Pride boards:

Here is picture of students waiting in terrible weather today here in Raleigh for extra tickets:

In other news, here is a nice article on freshman running back Mustafa Greene.

Splitting time with redshirt freshman Dean Haynes at running back, Greene leads the No. 23 Wolfpack (4-0, 1-0 ACC) with 242 rushing yards entering Saturday’s home game against preseason conference favorite Virginia Tech (2-2, 1-0).

Only two teammates, senior wide receivers Owen Spencer and Jarvis Williams, have caught more passes than the 12 Greene has caught for 123 yards.

“He learned fast, and he has physical ability,” said N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien. “He’s got the ability. He sees. He has vision. He makes cuts. And, knock on wood, he hasn’t fumbled the ball yet. That’s what’s special.”

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16 Responses to N.C. State Football Recruiting & Timely Items! [Updated 12pm]

  1. packplantpath 09/29/2010 at 8:57 AM #

    As many pointed out earlier when recruiting looked so poor, the solution was to win.

    Not unexpected news, but good news none the less. Now, beat VT and it will really help.

  2. Sam92 09/29/2010 at 9:36 AM #

    indeed. there is no looking past VT. it’s every bit as important as the game against GT was. Georgia Tech is a good team, but not a great one, and the same can be said about virginia tech.

    the thing is, we too have a good team, for the first time in forever. i’m not saying we’re a great team, but we don’t have to be – our guys just have to be themselves and minimize mistakes, and i think we’ll pull out a W on saturday.

  3. Alpha Wolf 09/29/2010 at 10:23 AM #


    We get to show the recruits what a full Carter-Finley Stadium filled with a passionate crowd on national TV is like. That can only help the program in the long run.

    If State plays well — and I think they will — the recruits are going to see something that they want to be a part of.

    Games like this one can affect your program for years.

  4. tjfoose1 09/29/2010 at 10:55 AM #

    Also important is the style of play.

    Last year, our defense was not only bad, but the style and tactics were boring, uninspired, and anything but attractive to recruits.

    Tenuta’s influence has changed that. The attacking, aggressive, tactics he has introduced has not only made our defense better, but also exciting. Exciting to watch, but even more exciting to play.

    Were I a top defensive recruit in the state, I would not have considered the Wolfpack last year because of the style of play. This year, Id be like “wow, that looks like fun, that’s the kind of defense I want to play”.

  5. Prowling Woofie 09/29/2010 at 11:10 AM #

    Yep – This game has far-reaching implications about the team AND the program.

    JUST WIN, BABY !!!!

  6. coach13 09/29/2010 at 11:54 AM #

    Is Stephone Anthony one of the recruits coming to watch? Is there a limit to how many you can invite for a game?

    This is outstanding, and I have been wondering if there has been any recruit reaction to our awesome start.

    If recruits can see us paste VT Saturday, look at our team and see the youth, and know this team is gonna be good beyond this year…

    Win…just win…the rest will take care of itself.

  7. Greywolf 09/29/2010 at 11:59 AM #

    What’s not to like at NCSU right now? Freshmen can play if they are better at their position than seniors, defense is an exciting and fun to play.

    If I were a hotshot linebacker, I’d be looking at the Pack. Irving will be gone after this year. A really good RB could start next year and put Dean Haynes back at CB where he really belongs. (I would not have been surprised to have seen him there after his 2 fumbles. Maybe TOB’s loyalty extends beyond the coaching staff.)

  8. baxter 09/29/2010 at 12:04 PM #

    in regards to Haynes’ fumbles, TOB said he believes in giving guys a second chance… now a third, thats a another thing (paraphrased, but he laughed pretty hard at himself for that line)

    And I’m still a bit curious on why people are hard on Dean, he’s only averaging 4.6 yds per touch and is pass protecting really well.

  9. JeremyH 09/29/2010 at 12:08 PM #

    so many strengths now, quarterback, runningback, LINEBACKERS, oh my!

  10. HBRWHAMMER 09/29/2010 at 12:38 PM #

    They should have taken the picture when it was pouring raining for 45 minutes straight and the line was out towards Cates Ave.

  11. hball57 09/29/2010 at 1:11 PM #

    Grey, may I ask how you can say “A really good RB could start next year and put Dean Haynes back at CB where he really belongs”? First of all, how can you discount what Haynes has accomplished? Secondly, have you ever seen Haynes at CB? If not, how can you say that is where he belongs?

  12. tasteagall 09/29/2010 at 2:38 PM #

    I talked to Stephone Anthony this morning. He really likes Jim Bridge. HE will be coming to the game Saturday. The pack still has a chance. WE need a win to help pull him in.

  13. Ismael 09/29/2010 at 3:25 PM #

    @tasteagall what are the details? how did u talk to him? friends, neighbors, recruiting analyst?

  14. Classof89 09/29/2010 at 3:27 PM #

    Agree with the point about a sold out, loud Carter-Finley. Win or lose (and I have a bad feeling about this game personally), that will be an asset with recruiting.

    A consistent refrain in both hoops and football recruiting over the years has been “we do well with them [any recruit] if we can get them to campus.” The problem has been even getting on some of the top talent’s radar screens, which this fast start has helped us with.

  15. tjfoose1 09/29/2010 at 6:33 PM #

    “Grey, may I ask how you can say “A really good RB could start next year and put Dean Haynes back at CB where he really belongs”? First of all, how can you discount what Haynes has accomplished? Secondly, have you ever seen Haynes at CB? If not, how can you say that is where he belongs?”

    Haynes is doing a great job at RB, and is our best pass protector at that position. However, he is doing a great job because he’s a sharp kid and a great athlete, not because he is a great RB.

    From watching him, he’s not a ‘natural’ RB and not a smooth runner. If a better option were to become available for the RB position, it might be in Haynes’ best interest (and the team’s), to move him to the secondary.

    That’s the argument, anyway.

    But now, our once weakest position, will soon suddenly become one of our deepest. We have the three true freshman, plus Byrd and Rashard Smith who are currently injured.

    So who knows, but if Haynes has NFL aspirations, he should definitely move back to defense.

    But that’s for later, the program needs to be always thinking ahead, but let’s enjoy what we got now too.

  16. wolfpacksoldier 09/29/2010 at 11:31 PM #

    correct me if i’m wrong, but wont a win against VT even out TOB’s record at State 21-21? quite an improvement from his marks at the conclusion of last season.

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